FRESH 2017 EXCHANGES
Alternative Conservatory [think outside the box]
THURSDAYS January 5, 12, 19
7:30-9:30pm | by donation [notaflof]
Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom Street]
Alternative Conservatory offers time to absorb, consider, listen, discuss, unwind and connect, hosted by FRESH artists notorious for disarming paradigms and thinking outside the box.
What he’s having
Dance Studies Working Group
FRESH EXCHANGES are free and by donation events made to cultivate, cross-pollinate, invigorate, create access and generate outreach within and outwith the dance, music and performance communities. FRESH 2017, in collaboration with local allies, presents 15 new and existing models of interaction. FRESH Exchanges happen from January 2-22 at Red Poppy Art House, Joe Goode Annex and F8 in San Francisco and CTRL+SHFT in Oakland.
What he’s having
There’s something about Brontez Purnell. Whatever he’s into or up to, you want to get a taste, a fix, a gander. With his chilled-out-manic-inviting-provoking-matter-of-fact-manner, he shares his disruptive skills and offers vicarious thrills as he hosts us, serving up his current fascinations in art, culture, dance, music, writing, etc. in the context of FRESH 2017.
Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, and choreographer whose projects include the cult zine Fag School, his novel Johnny Would You Love Me…”, his band “The Younger Lovers,” and the Brontez Purnell Dance Company (BPDC). Since founding BPDC in 2010, Purnell has presented original dance and movement theatre works at the Berkeley Art Museum, CounterPULSE, the Garage, KUNST-STOFF arts, the LAB, SOMArts, YBCA, and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. He is the recipient of the 2015 Creative Work Fund Media Arts Grant to create an experimental documentary on the postmodern Bay Area choreographer Ed Mock. Brontez holds a BFA in Theatre + Contemporary Dance from California State University/East Bay.
Tessa Wills hosts a reformulation retreat with tactics of Hermitude. An interlude to absorb, consider, recover and integrate information mid-Festival. Solo processing in a group. Discussing some of the major themes as they are danced, felt, lived out throughout FRESH 2017. Reckoning with the underlying question of how to positively utilize the impact on our lives of the new administration, particularly as it relates to empathy through aesthetics. A social-thinking performative-resting non-demanding-kinda hybrid space.
Tessa Wills is a live artist and thinker residing in the shadows, a subtle complicated and fierce creator who loves to be snug. Wills is halfway through her lifelong relationship with performance. She makes unusual spaces for participation and reflection on intimate relationships through her experimental practice. Wills work aims to reconnect and affirm humanity in vital ways, given the socio-political economic contexts in which we are attempting to operate. Wills is the artistic Director of THIS IS WHAT I WANT festival, the Bay Area annual performance festival about desire (now in its 8th year) and has been sharing her performance work internationally since 1999. Since 2004, she has been focussing on solo performances which happen primarily on video or live, as durational or sometimes participatory events. Aside from the relentless pull of desire to which she returns regularly, her work engages with the archetype of The Hermit, and The Professional Mourner. Wills facilitates a community around The Hermit Project. www.tessawills.com. www.thisiswhatiwantfestival.com www.thehermitproject.com
Dance Studies Working Group
The Dance Studies Working Group brings together organizers of Bay Area performance spaces who have foregrounded community building and activism in and alongside presenting dance. Embedded within FRESH Festival, the discussion will be a means to highlight and engage with ongoing organizing efforts to bridge dance spaces and activism in the Bay. With guest panelists Trisha Barua from Eastside Arts Alliance and Latanya Tigner from Dimensions Dance.
The UC Berkeley Dance Studies Working Group (DSWG) was founded in 2008 by a group of graduate students in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. DSWG exists as a site of inquiry, exploration, and discussion for students, faculty, scholars, practitioners, and community members engaged with dance and movement-based practices. With a focus on process over product, DSWG serves as an incubator to engage with new research and alternate pathways for knowledge production and dissemination, and further support dance practices and research that engage with a wide array of social, political, and cultural issues. http://dswgberkeley.blogspot.com/